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Monday 11 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 19-year-old boy who is charged with manslaughter in the death of another 19-year-old boy on Christmas morning in Longolongo is expected to appear on January 18, at the Fasi Magistrate's Court.
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Monday 11 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pilimilose Balwyn Fa’otusia has been re-appointed as Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Finance for another four-years, starting January 4.
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Friday 8 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Marshall islands was the first country in the Pacific region to have access to a COVID-19 vaccine at the end of December, while The Federated States of Micronesia and Palau expect to receive a vaccine this month. Meanwhile, Tonga and other Pacific countries are waiting to have access to vaccines through the global COVAX initiative, possibly toward the end of 2021.
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Friday 8 January 2021

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: Given the variables, infectious disease specialists have had a hard time determining the risks of flying. But a study published on Wednesday provides some clarity. After an 18-hour flight from Dubai landed in Auckland, New Zealand, in September, local health authorities discovered evidence of an outbreak that most likely occurred during the trip. Using seat maps and genetic analysis, the new study determined that one passenger initiated a chain of infection that spread to four others en route.
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Friday 8 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Police arrested 230 people during ‘Operation Finau’ over the Christmas and New Year holidays from 21 December 2020 to 4 January 2021. The Police Drug Enforcement Taskforce also arrested 18 people and seized cannabis and methamphetamine from 16-30 December 2020.
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Friday 8 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tenants at the Small Industries Centre (SIC) who were hit with commercial rent and lease increases before Christmas, sent a petition to the Prime Minister yesterday afternoon, January 7, protesting the massive increases, which they say range from about 70% to over 200%.
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Thursday 7 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fourteen people completed a bee-keeping course at the end of last year under a project aimed at addressing the declining number of bees in Tonga, which are vital to food security. By Eleanor Gee.
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Thursday 7 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HE Mr Viliami Va’inga Tone presented his letter of Credence to the President of the Republic of Cuba, HE Mr Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, in a virtual ceremony held at the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations in New York on 5 January 2021.
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Thursday 7 January 2021

Washington DC, USA
New York Times reporting: A mob of people loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol on Wednesday, halting Congress’ counting of the electoral votes to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory as the police evacuated lawmakers from the building in a scene of violence, chaos and disruption that shook the core of American democracy.
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Wednesday 6 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The President of the Tonga Rugby Union, Siaosi Pohiva today confirmed that Peter Harding has been selected as the Chief Executive Officer of the Tonga Rugby Union.
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Wednesday 6 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two repatriation flights with 280 passengers are planned to arrive in Tonga on 14 January, from Auckland, New Zealand, and Samoa.
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Tuesday 5 January 2021

Suva, Fiji
Concern over the safety of girls, women, and children taking refuge in cyclone-evacuation centres in Fiji is high, after a 10-year-old girl was allegedly raped in Vanua Levu last week. Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre Coordinator, Shamima Ali, is calling for a safe space to be created in evacuation centres in the wake of Cyclone Yasa.
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Tuesday 5 January 2021

Lausanne, Switzerland
The Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) has confirmed it is now deliberating and preparing its decision after hearing an appeal on Tonga National Rugby League’s (TNRL) expulsion from the International Rugby League (IRL) last month.
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Kyoto, Japan
Rugby player, Siale Pasa, who by chance was captivated by traditional Japanese gardening, has made a career out of landscaping beautiful gardens, “I found it more fascinating than rugby,” he said after becoming the first Tongan to be certified by the Japan Landscape Contractors Association.
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Monday 4 January 2021

Tofoa, Tonga
At the current pace of repatriation it will take over a year to return home all of those abandoned abroad. We run the risk of slipping into the depths of economic and mental depression, and we may see the fragmentation of our society, both at home and abroad, if we don’t immediately grasp the advent of vaccines and start building the bridges. At Easter it will be a full year from the closing of the border. It is time to prepare for the “new beginning”, the new life. By Paul Karalus.
Thursday 31 December 2020

Suva, Fiji
An estimated 161 babies will be born in the Pacific islands* on New Year’s Day, according to UNICEF. As the calendar turns to 2021, UNICEF is again celebrating the new lives being brought into the world on January 1. Samoa, in the Pacific, will welcome 2021’s first baby. Niue, its last. Regionally, the highest number of births are estimated to take place in three countries: Solomon Islands (53), Fiji (45), and Vanuatu (22). Statistically, Tonga expects six New Year babies, who may expect to live to the age of 80 years.
Thursday 31 December 2020

Suva, Fiji
Vodafone will consider buying Digicel’s operations in Nauru and Tonga if it brings value for their shareholders, said the Regional Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Fiji, Pradeep Lal.
Thursday 31 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI will ring in 2021 by attending the annual New Year Service of the Free Wesleyan Church at the Centennial Church [Saione], tonight December 31.
Thursday 31 December 2020

Washington DC, USA
Corruption exists in all sectors and its impacts are universally negative, but corruption in public infrastructure is particularly nefarious for low-income countries. Estimates of losses to bribery in construction, which lies downstream from procurement, are as high as 45 percent of construction costs. In some situations, misconduct may not even be considered particularly harmful or wrong by the participants – as illustrated by the oft used term for corruption: the price of doing business. This doesn’t happen in a vacuum; corruption is enabled by the conventions and approaches that have been allowed to develop over time. By Ian Hawkesworth
Thursday 31 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Power Limited’s Board of Directors have approved a subsidy to cover 2.47 seniti per kWhr over the next quarter-year for all electricity consumers in Tonga. Na’e sio leva ‘ae poate ‘ae Kautaha Úhila á Tonga ki ha founga é malava ai ke fua e Kautaha Úhila ‘a e seniti é 2.47 áki áe ngaue fakapotopoto pea na’e tali ia he áho 29 Tisema 2020.

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